Two arrested for throwing a Molotov cocktail at an abortion clinic in California (USA)

A US Marine and another man have been arrested for launching a plane Burning Molotov cocktail At a Planned Parenthood clinic that offers abortions and other services in Southern California Last year, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Chance Brannon, a 23 year old Navy of Camp Pendleton Base in Orange County, California, and Tibet Ergol, 21, are charged in the United States District Court in Santa Ana with the use of Explosives or fire to damage property.

The two were scheduled to appear in federal court in Santa Ana on Wednesday afternoon, but Reuters was unable to contact the defendants’ attorneys for comment.

No one was injured in the attack, which occurred around 1 a.m. on March 13, 2022. The exterior of the clinic itself was damaged. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortion services in the country.

“My office takes seriously this brazen attack that targeted a facility that provides vital healthcare services to thousands of people in Orange County,” US Attorney Martin Estrada said in a written statement announcing the arrests.

Abortion has become a fiery political issue in the United States after the US Supreme Court’s decision last year to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 resolution that legalized the procedure nationwide.

Since that decision, 14 US states have tried Prohibition or restriction of abortionThis led to fights and protests outside the courts.

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Surveillance footage captured two men in hoods running into the clinic just before 1 a.m. on the morning of the bombing. One of the suspects can be seen carrying an object under his left arm.

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The FBI released a poster in January offering a $25,000 reward for helping identify the suspects, prompting the person who attended high school with Brannon and Ergol to come forward, according to the criminal complaint.

That person, who is not included in the criminal complaint, told investigators that Ergül sent him a text message bragging about his involvement in the bombing, as well as a picture of a hand holding a Molotov cocktail inside a moving car.

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